Israeli strikes hit Iranian positions in Syria: Monitor

Airstrikes hit Iran-aligned militia positions in Syria’s Hama region on Thursday, killing “several casualties”, a war monitor said, blaming Israel for the attacks.

“Israeli strikes targeted positions and depots of weapons and ammunition of Iran-affiliated militias,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The UK-based monitor, who has an extensive network of sources inside Syria, reported multiple heavy explosions that started fires and claimed “several casualties”.

A Syrian air force officer is also missing, he added.

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“Our air defenses face enemy targets in the sky,” Syrian state news agency SANA said, without mentioning any casualties or damage.

There was no immediate response from Israel.

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against its neighbor, targeting government troops as well as Iranian-backed allied forces and Hezbollah fighters.

While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has admitted carrying out hundreds.

The Israeli army has defended them as necessary to prevent Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.

Meanwhile, the US military said on Thursday it killed four members of armed groups linked to Iran in 24 hours in Syria after rocket fire injured US troops in the area.

Tehran on Wednesday denied any links with groups targeted by US strikes in Syria.

Iran denies having deployed regular troops in Syria, but says its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has “military advisers” to government forces.

The strikes come as parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal build momentum to bring back the landmark deal.

The conflict in Syria began with the brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and escalated to attract foreign powers and global extremists.

The war killed almost half a million people and forced about half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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